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Rockabilly Style

Defining an Era

 

Rockabilly is often seen simply as a genre of music from the mid-1950�s.  However, rockabilly style, including the fashion and look of the artists who brought the genre to life, is still seen today.  It became somewhat of a sub-culture that has faded but never disappeared from the music scene.

Rockabilly style imitates the artists who created the movement in the 1950�s.  Early Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, as well as Buddy Holly and even Jerry Lee Lewis sported the pastel and Daddy-O shirts with their collars worn over the collar of an oversized jacket.  None worn blue jeans � they all preferred slacks, with creeper shoes completing the look.

  

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Rockabilly style hair was worn in a pompadour fashion, with Brylcreem and Genuine B&W Pomade being the products of choice to keep the hair greased and hardened in place for these popular artists.

The rockabilly style of music included an upright slap bass, with a strong, elemental beat, rhythms distinctly descended from the rhythm and blues style popular in the 1950�s, and the twang of the early country music.  This blend that became known as rockabilly style has been influential all music and helped shape rock and roll into what it has become over the years.

In more modern times, rockabilly style has seen a bit of a resurrection, with artists like The Stray Cats in the 1980�s, and, more recently, the adoption of the style of dress by punk and rock bands.  For example, one of the most popular bands today, Weezer, can frequently be seen sporting Daddy-O style shirts and �Buddy Holly� glasses.

The original rockabilly style defined an era, but more importantly, it has influenced many other eras since, both musically and in fashion.  Look around, and you�ll see traces of it everywhere you go.

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